Steve duMont will serve as the president of GM Defense, the automaker announced this week, joining the subsidiary from Raytheon Intelligence & Space. A longtime Raytheon employee, duMont has held various leadership positions with the defense contractor, as well as previous systems engineering and program leadership positions with BAE Systems and Boeing. Prior to his private sector work, duMont served as an aviation officer and attack helicopter pilot in the U.S. Army.
GM says duMont’s “robust defense, business development and military experience position him well to advance the vision of GM Defense.” He joins GM Defense at a critical time, with the company set to begin series production of the ISV at its newly constructed manufacturing facility in Concord, North Carolina in the coming weeks.
“I’m honored to be joining GM to lead the GM Defense team,” duMont said in a statement. “I wanted to continue my career with an organization that can provide solutions to address some of the toughest problems that our defense customers are facing, and GM Defense is doing just that. The company has the ability to disrupt the industry by bringing significant commercial innovation forward, and I’m truly excited to lead this team at such an important time for our defense and government customers around the world.”
While GM Defense began delivering the first examples of the ISV to the U.S. Army last fall, those vehicles were built at a temporary plant in Michigan whilst construction work on the Concord facility was being completed. The ISV is based on the Chevy Colorado and is designed as a faster and more maneuverable method of transportation for infantry. GM competed with other defense companies to win the ISV contract, with the U.S. Army selecting the ISV over other similar design proposals from Oshkosh and Polaris. The Army has set an acquisition objective of 2,065 vehicles for its Infantry Brigade Combat Teams, with the first batch of 649 units provided at a cost of $214.3 million.